Carbon Management by Queensland Local Councils

Zeppel, Heather
March 2013
Journal of Corporate Citizenship;Mar2013, Issue 49, p117
Academic Journal
Climate change and carbon mitigation are key issues for local government. This paper evaluates carbon actions by 32 local councils in Queensland, Australia. A climate action framework and carbon management matrix were used to assess corporate citizenship by councils on emissions reduction. This study found carbon actions related to council size and capacity, coastal location and climate change strategies. Carbon mitigation actions were mainly implemented by city, then regional and lastly shire councils. Carbon leadership was mainly evident among larger councils (>30,000 population), that have climate change plans and targets. Coastal and metropolitan councils were more 'carbon-ready' (i.e. consolidating or mainstreaming carbon actions) than smaller inland rural councils (i.e. latent or emerging actions). Most Queensland councils were minimalistic or opportunistic in adopting eco-efficiency actions while a few progressively integrated low carbon measures in council operations. The paper identifies key issues for local government in transitioning to a low carbon future.


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